Title - 'Angels on the Slope'
Artist - Lisel
For those not in the know, much like myself, singer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and artist Eliza Bagg (a member of Brooklyn's Pavo Pavo) recently launched her new solo project Lisel with its first single, the stunning 'Ciphers.'
Releasing on July 26th, 2019 via Luminelle Recordings, Lisel's remarkable self-produced debut album, Angels on the Slope, showcases an exciting introduction to a solo artist who taps into her experience in classical, avant-garde, experimental and indie pop spheres on this quite wondrous debut.
2. 'Digital Light Field'
6. 'Hunker Down'
8. 'Sun and the Swarm'
10. 'This Time Tomorrow'
Opening our eyes to her incredible, truly ethereal and crisply uplifting vocals from the off, the album opens with both the aforementioned 'Ciphers' and backs that up with the lead single, 'Digital Light Field.'
The latter a track about our attempts to make sure the things that happen around us are meaningful by capturing them electronically, affirming and insisting on their significance, it's a constant theme here that Bagg wishes to convey.
Indeed, it's Bagg's personal drive that propels this brand new 10-track selection for she has never been one to sit back and allow the world to govern her thoughts, moods and constructions.
With her prolific career also including collaborations alongside Helado Negro and Julianna Barwick, as well as work as a classical singer, operating in avant-garde operas by Meredith Monk with the LA Philharmonic, here on Angels on the Slope Bagg is always aiming to create immersive art that transports the listener to a place where our everyday, familiar thoughts about the world don't quite fit exactly.
"The fact that on this record I was mainly processing my own voice -- something human, intuitive, elemental -- with the digital world of the computer, felt really significant," Bagg reveals. "Each song on the album feels like it's own individual micro-biome built out of the different versions of how I might use or manipulate my voice in that way."
Gradually building up each track, the album - with stand out tracks such as the immensely profound, moving trio of 'Hollowmaker,' 'Bloodletting' and 'Sun and the Swarm' - touches upon familiar aesthetic points while also allowing fresh light to intrude. “I had found space in the classical world that made sense for me,” she continues, “but I realized I needed to make something that was truly mine, that sprung from my own voice.”
Thus, this quite stunning first solo effort finds Bagg crafting a gorgeous record as a whole. One grounded in specific, at times strange vocal sounds that form a diverse, upside down world landscape.
One where her music focuses on her voice and all the intimate and warmth confined there, whilst at the same time her impossibly crystalline and heavenly resonation brings forth worldly notes of ethereally distorted, beat-driven pop.
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